Sorrento home reno sells for $2 million

first_imgThe interior was brightened up with a fresh, white finish.The couple gave the waterfront property at 8 Wallaby Place a fresh coat of neutral paint and new carpets, and landscaped the gardens as part of their renovations, channelling a coastal style. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North2 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa21 hours agoThe renovation made a splash.Vendors Gina and Tony Sly revealed the 12 month makeover to the Gold Coast Bulletin Realestate when the property hit the market in September.Property records show the house was bought for $1.82 million in 2016. The waterfront property at 8 Wallaby Place is ideal for entertaining.It’s no small wonder what a fresh lick of paint can do. A Sorrento home transformed by a ‘white wash’ revamp has sold for a cool $2 million. center_img New carpet was part of the makeover.Entertaining space was high priority — the outdoor setting can seat up to 20 people. The sale price blitzes the median house price of $1 million for Bundall, which encompasses Sorrento.Edward Smyth of McGrath Estate Agents facilitated the sale.last_img read more

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Ohio State crushes Michigan — again — to show how wide gap has grown in Big Ten

first_imgANN ARBOR, Mich. — For seven plays, No. 2 Ohio State might have felt a sense of uneasiness against rival Michigan.Then Justin Fields returned from a left knee injury and left no doubt. Fields side-stepped left and uncorked a perfect pass to Garrett Wilson, who slipped behind Michigan safety Josh Metellus for a 30-yard touchdown. That gave the Buckeyes a 42-16 lead — with 3:46 left in the third quarter. MORE: Ohio State-Michigan highlightsOhio State rolled to 56-27 victory against No. 10 Michigan on Saturday at Michigan Stadium in another top-10 showdown that turned into a one-sided beatdown. The Game is now the same-old story. The same old column. Ever since “The Spot” in the 30-27 double-overtime thriller in 2016, Ohio State has widened the gap with Michigan (and everyone else in the Big Ten) with a three-year run that is more impressive than what Clemson is doing in the ACC. The competition in the Big Ten is better.The Wolverines, however, have taken the brunt of that. Fields and J.K. Dobbins, who had 31 carries for 211 yards and four touchdowns, took turns answering why Ohio State has enjoyed that dominance against their rivals.”I just think we take it more seriously than they do,” Fields said. “Like (strength coach Mickey Marotti) said, ‘We’re preparing for them next year right now.’ It just means more at Ohio State. That’s pretty much the big reason.””I agree,” Dobbins added. “I agree with him.”Who can dispute that? First-year coach Ryan Day has taken Urban Meyer’s model and blown the best of the Big Ten out of commission. There’s nothing No. 8 Minnesota or No. 12 Wisconsin can do about it in the Big Ten championship game either.”The Game” is no longer the referendum for Ohio State’s success. Michigan has lost eight in a row. The last three games have been decided by an average of 24.3 points per game. Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh is now 0-5 against the Buckeyes, and the prospects for the next five years look just as bad. Michigan reshuffled its entire offensive philosophy with Josh Gattis this season. Is defensive coordinator Don Brown next? The Wolverines were the preseason favorites to win the Big Ten.This week’s Heisman candidate du jour was Dobbins. Or maybe it was Fields, who finished 14 of 25 for 302 yards and four touchdowns.Or it could be defensive end Chase Young, whom Michigan game-planned around well enough, but could easily repeat a dominant performance in Indianapolis next week. How many teams have three Heisman Trophy candidates?”All three of them deserve to be in New York,” Day said of his players. “I’ll let everybody make the decision who they think.”A game like this comes down to players, not plays,” he added. “These guys willed themselves to make plays.”MORE: Jim Harbaugh in bad mood after latest loss to Ohio StateOhio State has better players. Wilson, a freshman, added three catches for 118 yards and a touchdown. The talent gap is significant, and nobody in the Big Ten can answer that. Not even Michigan. Not with Shea Patterson hitting 18 of 43 passes for 305 yards, a touchdown and an interception.The Wolverines have been powerless to curb Ohio State’s across-the-board momentum as a program that has turned college football’s biggest rivalry into a foregone conclusion. That, despite the fact the Wolverines could have four 10-win seasons in five years if they win a second-tier bowl game.The only debate was whether Ohio State would go for two a la Woody Hayes when the Buckeyes took a 48-27 lead on a 16-yard touchdown pass from Fields to Austin Mack with 10:11 remaining. Day opted for the extra point, but the Buckeyes made their point with the “O-H-I-O” chant that consumed The Big House.The ready-made tweets about the one-sided dominance are increasingly eye-popping now, too. Ohio State has outscored Michigan 118-66 the last two seasons and outgained the Wolverines 1,144-797.The Buckeyes won back-to-back Big Ten championships under Urban Meyer in 2017 and ‘18. Ohio State is 18-2 against Big Ten teams in that stretch, and beat opponents by an average margin of 26.5 points, and that includes inexplicable losses to Iowa and Purdue in 2017 and ‘18, respectively.This season had no Big Ten blemishes. Ohio State won nine regular-season games by an average margin of 35.5 points per game. Day didn’t just maintain the gap in his first year as head coach; he widened it to what could be at least a decade-long project for every other program to catch up to.”Coach Day, he knows,” Fields said. “He takes it one game at a time. In past years, we’ve always had one slip-up. The main thing is taking it like that. We just focus on the moment.”The Buckeyes beat Michigan State, Wisconsin, Penn State and Michigan by an average of 23.8 points — more than a three-touchdown difference. It wouldn’t be a surprise if those schools all won their bowl games, but those are consolation prizes now.Ohio State is one win away from playing in the College Football Playoff for the first time since 2016, and that is the upper-crust college football conversation that includes unbeaten LSU and Clemson. Georgia, Alabama, Oklahoma and Utah might join the party, but there is a clear separation among the top three teamsNobody else in the Big Ten is good enough to be talked about like that, and nobody will until Ohio State yields ground in that race. Seven plays didn’t change that fact, not when Dobbins provided the final margin with a 33-yard touchdown run with 6:30 remaining and emptied the stadium. It might take seven years for everyone else to catch up. Again, Michigan will take the brunt of that more than the rest. Fields, Dobbins and all those players have no trouble rubbing that in either. Fields was not afraid to double down.”I know a few players on their team, and I just know the things we do in terms of workout and know how we take it at Ohio State,” Fields said. “Just talking to those guys — I just see we take it more seriously.”After this latest blowout, who can disagree with him?last_img read more

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9-year-old girl helps Stephen Curry fix online shoe access

first_imgLATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk He missed his 11th straight game Thursday because of a strained left groin and didn’t speak to reporters. Curry is expected to return Saturday at Detroit.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Drummond, Griffin lead Pistons in rout of Bulls Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:31Got robbed? Manila South Cemetery’s website helps track down perpetrators02:21School hopes to fill gap for data analysts through online course02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college FILE – In this Aug. 14, 2018, file photo, Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry, center, greets basketball camp participants after taking a group photo at Ultimate Fieldhouse in Walnut Creek, Calif. A letter from a 9-year-old girl has helped Stephen Curry fix online access to his shoes for kids. Riley Morrison of Napa, California, wrote to Curry to tell him she couldn’t buy his Curry 5 shoes because they weren’t available on the Under Armour website. They were only marketed to boys. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)TORONTO — A letter from a 9-year-old girl has helped Stephen Curry fix online access to his shoes for kids.Riley Morrison of Napa, California, wrote to Curry to tell him she couldn’t buy his Curry 5 shoes because they weren’t available on the Under Armour website. They were only marketed to boys.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ She wrote “I know you support girl athletes because you have two daughters and you host an all girls basketball camp. I hope you can work with Under Armour to change this because girls want to rock the Curry 5′s too.”The two-time MVP and five-time All-Star replied with an apology, saying in a hand-written response he’s been working with Under Armour to remedy the situation. Curry promised to send Morrison two pairs of shoes, including the new Curry 6 model.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissHe also invited her to the Warriors home game on March 8, International Women’s Day.“That’s the beauty of Steph,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said before Thursday’s game at Toronto. “He understands his power. He understands the impact he can make on people’s lives. And I’m just incredibly proud of him.” View commentslast_img read more

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Father of 8 charged for ganja in milk tin

first_imgA delivery truck driver, who was allegedly caught with cannabis in a milk tin, was on Wednesday charged for the offence and appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Forty-three-year-old Troy Grant of Wortmanville, Georgetown, appeared before Magistrate Faith McGusty and denied the charge.It is alleged that on September 22, 2019 at Hardina Street, Georgetown, he had in his possession 156 grams of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.Defence Attorney Patrice Henry, in a bail application, told the court that his client was the sole breadwinner of his family. He said that his client has denied knowledge of the illicit substance.Police Prosecutor Ceon Blackman told the court that on September 22, 2019, Police, who were acting on information, approached Grant, who was standing on a bridge with a milk tin in his hands. According to the Prosecutor, the ranks conducted a search of the man and the tin, and found cannabis in the container. As such, Grant was arrested.The Prosecutor objected to bail; however, Magistrate McGusty released the father of eight on $150,000 bail. The case will continue on October 16, 2019.last_img read more

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Huge crowds again expected for amazing Relay for Life event

first_imgOne of the biggest Relay for Life events in Europe takes place in Letterkenny this weekend with thirty-six teams and a host of top entertainers preparing to take part.And interest in it continues to spread far beyond these shores with a number of Relay for Life organising committees in the United States requesting video footage of the traditional Luminaria service at the LYIT campus to show at their own events which are being staged in the coming weeks.“It represents a real international dynamic to our own Donegal Relay,” chairperson of the local committee, Robert O’Connor points out. Over 1.2 million euro has been raised to date by the Relay initiative in Donegal which now enters its eighth year and continues to boost funding for the Irish Cancer Society in helping to provide care and emotional support for patients and their families in addition to funding research.“We are grateful to all who are taking part including the survivors, the carers, the teams, and the singers and musicians,” chairperson O’Connor acknowledges.“It’s amazing the people who get involved. We had a husband and wife from Glenties, both of them cancer survivors and aged in their mid to late eighties, who came to Relay last year meaning to stay for an hour or so and instead stayed for the whole twenty-four hours.”Leading the ever popular Survivors Choir, Donal Kavanagh, also referred to the sense of solidarity and support that marks Relay for Life and the community response to it. “Donegal is one of the biggest Relay for Life events taking place in Europe. It’s something the county can be really proud of,” he told a special assembly of team captains.Previewing this weekend’s Relay, which runs from 5.p.m. on Saturday through to Sunday evening at the LYIT campus, chairperson O’Connor stresses it’s still not too late for survivors to register for next weekend’s Relay event. They can turn up on the day or contact Donal Kavanagh at 087-6319699.The survivors undertake the opening lap of the track at the L.Y.I.T. on Saturday evening and then, led by the Cloughaneely band, retire to the main building for the traditional banquet.Following the survivors, the carers embark on their lap – an acknowledgement of the unstinting work they do for those enduring the cancer journey.“They do all the dirty jobs that no-one wants to do. And they do it selflessly and out of love,” insists Donal. While the opening ceremony of this year’s Relay is scheduled to be performed at 4.40.p.m. on Saturday, with Charlie Collins acting as M.C., pre-entertainment will be provided by Callum Keaveney and David Craig from 4.p.m.As committee member Ena Barrett reveals, there’s a hugely impressive line-up of entertainers on the Relay programme with top performers such as Jim Devine, Michael English, Anne Biddy, Gary Gamble, Evelyn Gallagher, Eddie Gallagher, Shaun Cuddy, Seamus McGee, and Hugo Duncan to name but a few set to provide the song and the music and countless opportunities for the dancers among the attendance.“We’re very grateful to Paddy Bradley for helping to line up this fantastic array of performers, each of whom gave their time for free to generate the atmosphere and support the Relay initiative.”One of the most emotional segments of the Relay for Life experience is the Luminaria ceremony scheduled for 10.30.p.m. on Saturday during the fading embers of dusk. And as has been the case every year, Moya Brennan and family will be involved in this particular part of the weekend. “We’re honoured to have someone of her musical stature come here every year to perform,” the Relay chairperson indicates.Meanwhile, mass will be celebrated at 7.a.m. on Sunday by Fr. Ciaran Harkin in the An Danlann building while Highland Radio will broadcast live another richly rewarding aspect of Relay, the Gospel Hour at 9.15.a.m. and the Ecumenical Service at 10.10.a.m., both of them featuring an array of outstanding voices and instrumentalists.Among them will be the Survivors Choir who will perform at various stages over the 24 hours and will feature ‘With a Little Help from My Friends’ as part of their repertoire.Global Hero of Hope, Suibhan Gillespie, will be overseeing the ponytail cutting segment on Sunday where the donations of hair are subsequently presented to the Little Princess Trust and go to make wigs for cancer patients.Organisers stress that while awareness and fund-raising play a significantpart in the event, the celebration element is a constant feature of the weekend activities.“We want people to come and dress up or whatever – anything to bring in the fun element. There’s always a great atmosphere at Relay and a lot of laughter over the weekend,” insists committee member, Charlie Quinn.Huge crowds again expected for amazing Relay for Life event was last modified: May 25th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:letterkennyRelay for Lifelast_img read more

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Education in South Africa

first_imgThe University of Cape Town is aworld-class institution, with its GraduateSchool of Business ranked among the topin the world – and the best in Africa – inthe Financial Times’ Global Top 100 MBAlist.(Image: Jeffrey Barbee,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more freephotos, visit the image library)All South Africans have the right to a basic education, including adult basic education and further education. According to the Bill of Rights of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 (Act 108 of 1996), the state has an obligation, through reasonable measures, to progressively make this education available and accessible.At about 5.3% of gross domestic product, South Africa has one of the highest rates of government investment in education in the world.Sections in this article:Three bands of educationGeneral and Further Education and TrainingTertiary educationSouth Africa’s universities Spending and challenges Useful links Three bands of education South Africa’s National Qualifications Framework (NQF) recognises three broad bands of education:General Education and TrainingFurther Education and TrainingHigher Education and TrainingSchool life spans 13 years or grades, from grade 0, otherwise known as grade R or “reception year”, through to grade 12 or “matric” – the year of matriculation. General Education and Training runs from grade 0 to grade 9. Under the South African Schools Act of 1996, education is compulsory for all South Africans from the age of seven (grade 1) to age 15, or the completion of grade 9. General Education and Training also includes Adult Basic Education and Training. TABLE 1: LEVELS OF EDUCATION IN SOUTH AFRICA BAND SCHOOL GRADE NQF LEVEL QUALIFICATIONS HIGHER8Doctors Degree7Masters DegreeHonours DegreePostgraduate Diploma6General first degreeProfessional first degree postgraduateBachelor’s degree5First diplomaHigher certificateCertificateFURTHER124Diploma113Certificate102CertificateGENERAL91Grade 9Adult Basic Education and Training level 487654321RSource: Department of Education Further Education and Training takes place from grades 10 to 12, and also includes career-oriented education and training offered in other Further Education and Training institutions – technical colleges, community colleges and private colleges. Diplomas and certificates are qualifications recognised at this level.The matric pass rate, which was as low as 40% in the late 1990s, has improved considerably. A total of 581 573 full-time students and 38 595 repeat students sat the matriculation exams in 2009, 60.6% of whom passed.General and Further Education and Training Newly-elected president Jacob Zuma announced in May 2009 that the national Department of Education would be split into two ministries – Basic Education, and Higher Education and Training.South African Communist Party secretary-general, Dr Blade Nzimande, is the new minister of Higher Education and Training, while former Gauteng Education MEC, Angie Motshekga, now oversees the Ministry of Basic Education.Each ministry is responsible for its level of education across the country as a whole, while each of the nine provinces has its own education department.The Ministry of Basic Education focuses on adult basic education and training in addition to primary and secondary education. The Ministry of Higher Education and Training is responsible for tertiary education up to doctorate level, and technical and vocational training. It also oversees the numerous sector education and training authorities.The central government provides a national framework for school policy, but administrative responsibility lies with the provinces. Power is further devolved to grassroots level via elected school governing bodies, which have a significant say in the running of their schools.Private schools and higher education institutions have a fair amount of autonomy, but are expected to fall in line with certain government non-negotiables – no child may be excluded from a school on grounds of his or her race or religion, for example.The Further Education and Training (FET) branch is responsible for the development of policy for grades 10 to 12 in public and independent schools, as well as in public and private FET colleges.It monitors the integrity of assessment in schools and colleges, and offers an academic curriculum as well as a range of vocational subjects. FET colleges cater for out-of-school youth and adults.The branch oversees, coordinates and monitors the system’s response to improved learner participation and performance in maths, science and technology. It also devises strategies aimed at the use of information and communication technology (ICT), and supports curriculum implementation through the national educational portal, Thutong (Setswana, meaning “place of learning”).The latest available statistics show that in 2007 South Africa had 14 167 086 pupils enrolled in all sectors of the education system, attending 35 231 educational institutions and served by 452 971 teachers and lecturers.The breakdown of schools includes 26 065 ordinary schools and 9 166 other education institutions – namely, special schools, early childhood development (ECD) sites, public adult basic education and training (ABET) centres, public further education and training (FET) institutions and public higher education (HE) institutions.Of the total enrolled pupils, 12 048 821 (85.0%) were in public schools and 352 396 (2.5%) were in independent schools. Of the pupils in other institutions, 761 087 (5.4%) were in public HE institutions, 320 679 (2.3%) were in public FET institutions, 292 734 (2.1%) were in public ABET centres, 289 312 (2.0%) were in ECD centres, and 102 057 (0.7%) were in special schools.The total of 26 065 ordinary schools comprised 15 358 primary schools, with 6 316 064 pupils and 191 199 teachers; 5 670 secondary schools, with 3 831 937 pupils and 128 183 teachers; and 5 037 combined and intermediate schools, with 2 253 216 pupils and 74 843 teachers.Other educational facilities included 2 278 ABET centres, 50 public FET institutions, 4 800 ECD centres and 23 HE institutions.In state-funded public schools, the average ratio of pupils (also known as learners) to teachers (educators) is 31.5 to one, while private schools generally have one teacher for every 17.5 scholars.Tertiary education Higher Education and Training, or tertiary education, includes education for undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, certificates and diplomas, up to the level of the doctoral degree.A matric endorsement is required for the study of university degrees, with a minimum of three subjects passed at the higher, rather than standard, grade, although some universities set additional academic requirements. A standard school-leaving South African senior certificate is sufficient for technical qualifications and diplomas.South Africa has a vibrant higher education sector, with more than a million students enrolled in the country’s 24 state-funded tertiary institutions: 11 universities, five universities of technology, and six comprehensive institutions.These have recently been integrated, with the country’s former 36 universities and “technikons” being amalgamated into larger tertiary institutions. Higher education is also offered at hundreds of private institutions, which are registered with the Department of Education to confer specific degrees and diplomas.Many of South Africa’s universities are world-class academic institutions, at the cutting edge of research in certain spheres. Although subsidised by the state, the universities are autonomous, reporting to their own councils rather than government.South Africa’s universities Recently restructured, South Africa’s 21 public higher education institutions offer a range of study and research options for both local and international students.The restructuring focused, and in some cases reconfigured, the educational programmes on offer – which previously still reflected the structure and priorities of the old apartheid-based system.The restructuring also brought in comprehensive universities, a new type of institution designed to cater for the merger of some universities with former “technikons”. Comprehensive universities offer a broad range of degrees, diplomas and certificates, and will help widen access to tertiary education in the country.Here’s a quick rundown of South Africa’s 21 universities, in alphabetical order.Cape Peninsula University of Technology Incorporating the former Cape and Peninsula technikons, the university is the largest in the Western Cape, with over 25 000 students on two main campuses, in Bellville and Cape Town.Cape Peninsula University of Technology website Central University of Technology Incorporating the former Technikon Free State and Vista University’s Welkom campus, the university is based in Bloemfontein. Over 100 courses are offered in three faculties: management; engineering, information and communication sciences; and health and environmental sciences.Central University of Technology website Durban University of Technology Incorporating the former ML Sultan, Natal and Mangosuthu technikons, as well as the former University of Zululand’s Umlazi campus, the university has major campuses in Durban and Pietermaritzburg as well as satellite campuses in Umlazi.Durban University of Technology website Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University The university has more than 20 000 students and about 2 000 staff members spread across eight campuses in the Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape and George in the Western Cape. It incorporates the former PE Technikon, University of Port Elizabeth and Vista University’s Port Elizabeth campus.Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University website North West University North West University has more than 45 000 students spread over four campuses. It offers parallel instruction in Afrikaans, English and Setswana, and is experimenting with simultaneous instruction on its Potchefstroom campus.North West University website Rhodes University Based in the Eastern Cape town of Grahamstown, Rhodes University is over a century old and is best known for its journalism department. The university has some 500 academic staff and 7 000 students.Rhodes University website Stellenbosch University Situated in the wine-growing region of Stellenbosch, 60km from Cape Town, Stellenbosch University has four campuses: the main campus at Stellenbosch, the health sciences faculty at Tygerberg Hospital, the business school in Bellville, and military sciences faculty in Saldanha.Stellenbosch University website Tshwane University of Technology Incorporating the former Northern Gauteng, North West and Pretoria technikons, Tshwane University of Technology offers masters and doctoral programmes in addition to degrees, certificates and diplomas.Tshwane University of Technology website University of Cape Town South Africa’s oldest university, founded in 1829, has one of the most picturesque campuses in the world, situated on the slopes of Table Mountain’s Devil’s Peak and overlooking Rondebosch in Cape Town. The university is regarded as one of the top research institutions on the continent, with more “A” rated scientists than any other South African university. The university is home to Groote Schuur Hospital, where the world’s first heart transplant took place in 1967.University of Cape Town website University of Fort Hare Fort Hare, dating back to 1916, is the oldest historically black university in the country. It has been the academic home of many of South Africa’s most prominent leaders, including Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo, Govan Mbeki, and Mangosuthu Buthelezi. Fort Hare has three Eastern Cape campuses, in Alice, Bhisho and East London. The university offers a range of degrees and diplomas in its faculties of education, science and agriculture, social sciences and humanities, management and commerce, and at the Nelson Mandela School of Law.Iniversity of Fort Hare website University of Johannesburg Incorporating the former Rand Afrikaans University, Technikon Witwatersrand and Vista University’s Johannesburg campuses, the university offers both technical and academic programmes for around 45 000 students.University of Johannesburg website University of KwaZulu-Natal Incorporating the former Durban-Westville and Natal universities, the university covers five campuses in Durban and Pietermaritzburg.University of KwaZulu-Natal website University of Limpopo Formerly the University of the North, and based in South Africa’s northern Limpopo province, the university provides training in three faculties: humanities; management sciences and law; and sciences, health and agriculture.University of Limpopo website University of Pretoria Established in 1930, the university is one of South Africa’s largest, with almost 40 000 students, including over 2 000 international students from 60 countries. The university’s Gordon Institute of Business Science, established in Johannesburg in 2000, has already earned an international reputation, while its faculty of veterinary science at Onderstepoort is the only one of its kind in South Africa.University of Pretoria website University of South Africa Unisa is one of the largest distance-learning universities in the world, made larger by the recent incorporation of the former Technikon SA and Vista University’s distance education division. Based in Pretoria, it offers distance education programmes – both academic and technical – to students across the country, the region and the world.University of South Africa website University of the Free State Established in 1904, the university is home to around 20 000 students, 16 000 on the main Bloemfontein campus and 3 000 enrolled in the university’s distance and internet learning programmes.University of the Free State website University of the Western Cape Originally established in 1959 as an ethnic college for coloured students, the university provides facilities for over 12 000 students across 68 departments and 16 institutes, schools and research centres.University of the Western Cape website University of the Witwatersrand Based in Johannesburg, Wits University is one of the country’s leading research institutions, attracting students from across Africa. Since full university status was granted in 1922, Wits has produced more than 100 000 graduates across a range of disciplines. The university offers degrees in the faculties of engineering and the built environment, humanities, health sciences, science and commerce.University of the Witwatersrand website University of Venda The University of Venda for Science and Technology, situated in Thohoyandou in Limpopo, offers career-focussed programmes in the fields of health, agriculture and rural development; humanities, management sciences and law; and natural and applied sciences.University of Venda website Vaal University of Technology The university has around 15 000 students spread across its main campus in Vanderbijlpark, 60km south-west of Johannesburg, and four satellite campuses, which include the Sebokeng campus of the former Vista University.Vaal University of Technology website Walter Sisulu University Incorporating the former Border and Eastern Cape technikons and the University of the Transkei, the university has around 20 000 students spread across its campuses in East London, Butterworth, Queenstown and Mthatha. It offers a range of degrees, certificates and diplomas in 11 faculties, and hosts an MBChB programme in Mthatha.Walter Sisulu University website Spending and challenges Compared with most other countries, education gets a really big slice of the pie – usually around 20% of total government expenditure. In the 2008/9 national Budget education received R140.4-billion, amounting to 18.5% of total spending.More money is always needed to address the huge backlogs left by 40 years of apartheid education. Under that system, white South African children received a quality schooling virtually for free, while their black counterparts had only “Bantu education”.Education was viewed as a part of the overall apartheid system, which included the “homelands”, urban restrictions, pass laws and job reservation. The role of black Africans was as labourers or servants only. As HF Verwoerd, the architect of the Bantu Education Act of 1953, conceived it: “There is no place for [the African] in the European community above the level of certain forms of labour. It is of no avail for him to receive a training which has as its aim, absorption in the European community.”Although today’s government is working to rectify the imbalances in education, the apartheid legacy remains. The greatest challenges lie in the poorer, rural provinces like the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. Schools are generally better resourced in the more affluent provinces such as Gauteng and the Western Cape.Illiteracy rates currently stand at around 18% of adults over 15 years old (about 9-million adults are not functionally literate), teachers in township schools are poorly trained, and the matric pass rate remains low.While 65% of whites over 20 years old and 40% of Indians have a high school or higher qualification, this figure is only 14% among blacks and 17% among the coloured population.The government is in particular targeting education for the poorest of the poor, with two notable programmes. One is fee-free schools, institutions that receive all their required funding from the state and so do not have to charge school fees. These have been carefully identified in the country’s most poverty-stricken areas, and will make up 40% of all schools in 2007.The other is the National Schools Nutrition Programme, which feeds about 7-million schoolchildren every day, including all those attending primary schools in 13 rural and eight urban poverty nodes. The programme was extended in 2009 to 1 500 secondary schools around the country, feeding 1-million secondary school pupils from grades 8 to 12.Under the programme, the Department of Education has also established almost 2 100 school gardens with the support of the Department of Agriculture, local government structures and a number of NGOs.Other priorities include early childhood development, HIV-Aids awareness programmes in schools, and adult basic education and training.Useful links Department of Education Thuthong national education portal South African Qualifications Authority National Qualifications Framework Education Association of South Africa General and Further Education and Training SA Schools SchoolNet SA Independent Schools Association of South Africa SchoolGuide Learning Channel Online SABC Education The Teacher Tertiary education Higher Education South Africa Council on Higher Education South Africa’s universities Cape Peninsula University of Technology Central University of Technology Durban University of Technology Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University North West University Rhodes University Stellenbosch University Tshwane University of Technology University of Cape Town  University of Johannesburg University of KwaZulu-Natal University of Limpopo University of Pretoria University of South Africa University of the Free State University of the Western Cape University of the Witwatersrand University of Fort HareUniversity of Venda Vaal University of Technology Walter Sisulu Universitylast_img read more

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AAP releases list of 22 candidates for Haryana Assembly polls

first_imgThe Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) here on Sunday released a list of 22 candidates for next month’s Assembly polls in Haryana.Three women have figured in the list released by AAP’s Haryana unit president Naveen Jaihind. In the Lok Sabha elections, AAP had an electoral understanding with the Jannayak Janata Party, a split-away faction of the Indian National Lok Dal. After the Lok Sabha debacle, in which the alliance failed to win even a single seat, both parties parted ways. The candidates fielded by AAP are Yogeshwar Sharma (Panchkula), Anshul Kumar Agarwal (Ambala City), Gurdev Singh Sura (Ladwa), Anoop Sandhu (Assandh), Rajkumar Pehal (Julana), Lakshya Garg (Fatehabad), Manjeet Ranga (Uklana), Sandeep Lohra (Narnaund), Manoj Rathi (Hansi), Anoop Singh (Barwala) and Pawan Hindustani (Tosham). The other candidates are Munipal Atri (Garhi Sampla Kiloi), Anita Chhikara (Bahadurgarh), Ashwani Dulhera (Bahadurgarh), Ajay Sharma (Mahendergarh), Ranbir Singh Rathi (Gurugram), Karan Singh Dagar (Hodal), Kuldeep Kaushik (Palwal), Santosh Yadav (Faridabad NIT), Dharamvir Bhadana (Badkhal), Harinder Bhati (Ballabhgarh) and Kumari Sumanlata Vashisth (Faridabad). AAP had not contested the Assembly polls in 2014, in which the BJP came to power for the first time in Haryana. The elections to 90 Assembly seats in the state will be held on October 21 and the results will be declared on October 24.last_img read more

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Suzuki, the Japanese manufacturer to launch the latest Vitara at 2014 Paris Motor Show

first_imgSuzuki i-V-4 Concept Japanese auto manufacturer Suzuki has released the official image of the newVitara sports Utility Vehicle (SUV). This compact crossover SUV will be officiallyunveiled at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. Interestingly, Suzuki is reviving theVitara model name for its all-new five-door car, which will compete againstrivals such as Nissan Juke and Ford Ecosport.Much like the Grand Vitara, a four-wheel-drive option will be offered viathe AllGrip system in the new vehicle. According to Suzuki, the Vitara”will have a striking road presence with distinctive design.” Globally,customers will get the option of personalising the car with different colourand trim customisation options.  The Vitara production model is based on the Suzuki iV-4 concept, first seen atthe 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. It is built on an all-new platform, which isexpected to underpin a number of future vehicles by the company.Power in the new Vitara is expected to come from the 1.6-litre petrol anddiesel powerplants from the SX4 S-Cross. A new generation S-Cross is expectedto come to India by 2015.last_img read more

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal wins 1st Nations League title

first_imgLATEST STORIES Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess “It’s a great achievement, indisputable,” Portugal coach Fernando Santos said. “These victories will be part of Portuguese soccer forever.”Ronaldo, coming off a hat trick in the semifinals, lifted the winners’ trophy but wasn’t much of a factor in Sunday’s final, with the only goal coming from midfielder Gonçalo Guedes early in the second half at the Estádio do Dragão.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Things have been going well for Portugal in recent years,” Ronaldo said. “The national team has won some important titles.”The hosts’ victory in UEFA’s newest competition, created to give national teams more meaningful matches than just friendlies, denied the Netherlands its first trophy since the 1988 European Championship. The revamped Dutch team was seeking some redemption after failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup and the 2016 European Championship. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Portugal players celebrate with their trophy after defeating the Netherlands 1-0 in the UEFA Nations League final soccer match at the Dragao stadium in Porto, Portugal, Sunday, June 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)PORTO, Portugal — Three years after conquering European soccer for the first time, Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo are celebrating another international title.Portugal won the inaugural UEFA Nations League tournament on Sunday, beating the Netherlands 1-0 to lift its first trophy since the 2016 European Championship.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew NBA free agency could make Raptors, Warriors both losers Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After the match, the Portuguese squad went to a public plaza in Porto where several thousand fans celebrated the win. Santos, Ronaldo and other players addressed the fans from a balcony.“We couldn’t have done this without you,” Ronaldo told fans.Ronaldo couldn’t do much against Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk in the matchup of likely contenders for the player of the year award, but Guedes couldn’t be stopped when he hit a powerful right-footed shot from outside the area in the 60th minute.Guedes started the build-up to the goal with a pass to Bernardo Silva, receiving the ball back at the top of the area and firing a firm low shot past Dutch goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen, who touched the ball but couldn’t parry it away.“It was a hard shot,” said Cillessen, who was making his 50th appearance with the Netherlands. “I saw it late.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Some of the loudest chants at the stadium came from English fans who likely had expected their national team to reach the final. England ended third after defeating Switzerland 6-5 in a penalty shootout earlier Sunday in Guimaraes.Portugal defender Ruben Dias earned the man of the match award. Ronaldo ended top scorer in the Final Four with three goals, and teammate Silva was named best player. Netherlands midfielder Frenkie de Jong earned the best young player award for the finals.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too The Dutch had impressed in the group stage of the Nations League by eliminating the last two World Cup champions — France and Germany. It made it to the final after beating England 3-1 in the semifinal on Thursday.“At the start of this tournament I don’t think anyone would have believed us if we’d said we’d reach the final,” said Van Dijk, who hadn’t faced Ronaldo since the 2018 Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid. “We’ve made a lot of progress. We have to be very proud of ourselves. Now disappointment is in our heads but we have to keep heads up. It’s been a good season.”Portugal, which eliminated Italy and Poland in the group stage and defeated Switzerland in the semifinals, had lost the 2004 European Championship final at home to Greece, but this time it got to celebrate the title in front of its fans after a scrappy match in Porto.The hosts were in control most of the match but struggled to get past the stout Dutch defense led by Van Dijk and Matthijs de Ligt.Ronaldo’s best chance was a header that went straight to Cillessen’s hands about 30 minutes into the first half.The Dutch improved after halftime but couldn’t create many significant scoring chances, with Memphis Depay coming closest with a 65th-minute header saved by goalkeeper Rui Patricio.The Netherlands kept pressing but Portugal was able to hold on to clinch the first Nations League title.“It was a bit better in the second half, and then the goal was (scored) and it became even more difficult because they are masters in defending when they are ahead,” Netherlands manager Ronald Koeman said. “We were not good enough tonight.”Santos made changes from the team that defeated Switzerland 3-1 in the semifinals, taking out 19-year-old Joao Felix from the starting lineup and adding Guedes to the attack. He also used Danilo in midfield and Jose Fonte to replace the injured Pepe in the middle of the defense.Koeman, a player for the Netherlands at the 1988 European Championship, kept the same squad that defeated England in the semifinals. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

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10 months ago​Chelsea boss Sarri: Barcelona have ended Christensen interest

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Chelsea boss Sarri: Barcelona have ended Christensen interestby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has confirmed that Andreas Christensen going to Barcelona is no longer a possibility.The Catalan giants had been linked with a move for the young center back.But they have gone on to sign Jeison Murillo on loan from Valencia.”I think Barcelona announced a new centre-back,” Sarri said in his press conference.”[Andreas] Christensen for sure is out of the matter at the moment. “He is an important player, he is young and will be more important in the future.” last_img

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